Application and document deadlines for international applicants are shown in the table below.
Table of our application and document deadlines
|Semester||Application Deadline||Document Deadline|
For Fall Admission:
The application filing period opens October 1.
|May 31||June 15|
For Spring Admission:
The application filing period opens August 1.
|October 31||November 15|
International applicants to CSUN must submit the following:
- Complete online application at Cal State Apply. Please read the instructions carefully and complete all appropriate sections. NEW! You can now upload the following documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) files to the fourth quadrant of Cal State Apply before submitting your application:
- Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF) (both pages) and bank statement. If uploading is not possible, you may email both pages of the financial affidavit and the bank statement to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other acceptable test, unless exempt (see below)
- Graduate examination results, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). (If you send scores directly to CSUN from the testing agency, use CSUN school code 4707.)
- A copy of your passport photo page
- Unofficial transcripts
- A $70.00 (US currency) non-refundable application fee. Due at the time you submit your Cal State Apply application and can only be paid by credit or debit card.
- All OFFICIAL transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed in original language of issue. Your records must include official verification of degree completion. Applicants who have studied in the U.S. are also required to have the U.S. institution(s) send official transcript(s) directly to CSUN. Please find our mailing address below.
- Official English translations of all academic records. Mail all OFFICIAL transcripts and translations directly to:
California State University, Northridge
Attention: International Admissions
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207
English Language Requirement
The English language tests and minimum scores listed in the table below are accepted by CSUN for graduate applicants. Some graduate programs require a higher score for admission to an individual program; please check the desired graduate program.
Exception: If a graduate applicant has earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university in the U.S., the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam is not required.
If a graduate applicant has earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university outside the U.S. where English is the principal language of instruction, the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam is not required. Please note:
- CSUN interprets "where English is the principal language of instruction" to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the daily medium of communication for the majority of residents, and that students receive academic instruction in English at all levels of education.
- Countries currently meeting the above requirement are: Australia, Belize, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, plus a few nations in the Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago).
CSUN Intensive English Program and Conditional Admission:
An Intensive English Program (IEP) is offered through CSUN’s Tseng College of Extended Learning. The International Admissions Office works closely with the IEP office to offer "conditional admission" to academically eligible students enrolled in the IEP. Admission to the university is guaranteed once the student has completed the English language requirement (TOEFL or other acceptable test). Read more at Intensive English and University Pathways.
We’re excited you've applied to CSUN!
As our admissions team prepares to review your application, here's a look at what to expect between now and when you receive your admissions decision.
- Authenticate your CSUN Portal and CSUN email accounts Watch for the “Activate Your CSUN Account” email from our Office of Admissions that you received after submitting your Cal State Apply application. You should receive the email 1 or 2 days after you apply. For help, see account activation instructions.
- Check your application status. Log in to the CSUN Portal and, under My Checklist, review your complete and incomplete tasks, such as missing transcripts. Helpful: My Checklist Guide
- Email is our primary form of communication throughout the admissions process, so it’s important to keep your email address updated and check your email often. If you forward your CSUN Gmail messages to a separate email, be sure to add
to your contact list.
Your academic records will be evaluated and forwarded to the graduate department for an admission decision.
We will notify you as soon as the graduate program has notified the Office of International Admissions of your admissibility to the university.
If you are denied admission to the university, you may appeal this decision by contacting the graduate program to which you applied.
Admitted Graduate Students
You've been admitted to CSUN. Well done! Here are your next steps:
Please follow these instructions based on your location inside or outside the U.S. at the time of your admission:
- Inside the U.S.: As soon as you receive our email offering admission, ask your college or university advisor to transfer your SEVIS record to CSUN. About two or three business days after your school releases you in the SEVIS database, our International Admissions Office will email your CSUN Form I-20 to you.
- Outside the U.S.: Our International Admissions Office will email your CSUN Form I-20 to the email address you provided in your Cal State Apply admission application.
All F-1 visa students: If you prefer one of the following options other than receiving your I-20 by email, please contact us at email@example.com as soon as possible:
- Pick up your CSUN Form I-20 from our International Admissions Office at CSUN.
- Ask us to hold your I-20 for a friend or family member to pick up.
- Ask us to mail your I-20 to you or a friend or family member.
Upon admission, all new F-1 students must complete the online Six-Step
Immigration Requirements for New International Students, including the mandatory Reporting Session with CSUN's International and Exchange Student Center (IESC). These steps allow you to maintain your visa status and register for CSUN classes.
IESC will email you instructions, but you can start now at Immigration Requirements for Newly Admitted International Students.
If you are outside the U.S. at the time of your admission, please arrange an appointment at a local U.S. Embassy to secure your F-1 student visa. This can be a long process, so please make the appointment as soon as possible.
If you are unable to enter the U.S. for the spring or fall semester of your admission, please contact your IESC advisor at ISAdvisement@csun.edu.
During this required orientation before classes begin, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the CSUN campus and community, meet other students and discover resources for student involvement and belonging, academic success, information technology and more!
For the most current orientation information, including dates and registration, visit New Student Orientation – International Students.
Please note: The Office of Graduate Studies holds a separate orientation. Both of these orientations are required. Learn more in Step 4 below.
The Office of Graduate Studies organizes special events that promote graduate student academic success, such as:
- Advancement to Graduate Education Conference (AGE)
- Graduate Records Exam (GRE) Workshops
- New Graduate Student Orientation*
- Student Success Series
- Thesis/Dissertation Writing Retreat and Workshop
Graduate Studies also encourages research and scholarship by funding several awards and programs for masters and doctoral students. Learn more at Funding Programs and Student Funding.
*Attend New Graduate Student Orientation, designed by Graduate Studies to increase your awareness of special events, financial opportunities and academic policies pertaining to graduate programs.
- Graduate Student Orientation is separate from the International Student Orientation in Step 3 above. Both orientations are required.
- Graduate Student Orientation is held before the fall semester begins. You may also review the online slide presentation anytime during your first semester.
Explore your graduate program in the CSUN University Catalog, where you will also find your graduate program coordinator/academic advisor’s name and contact information to request guidance with course selection.
If you are majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics — the STEM fields — ask your advisor if taking a math or chemistry placement test is recommended. Placement tests do not affect your admission but place you into a class that matches your skill level.
If you have completed Steps 2 and 5 above and cleared registration holds (see below), you may enroll in classes online through your CSUN Portal.
- Look for your enrollment appointment date and time in the CSUN Portal under My Checklist each semester. This is when your access to online, self-service registration begins. (If no appointment displays, you may be able to enroll right away.)*
- Check your CSUN email inbox for a new student registration message with instructions for your first semester of enrollment. You will receive a similar email each semester before registration begins.
- Before you can enroll in first-semester classes, you must complete the following online processes to clear your advisement and registration holds:
Any other registration holds will display in the CSUN Portal under My Checklist.
- The following tutorials are helpful for registration:
* IMPORTANT! If you are currently outside the U.S., you cannot register for classes until:
Upon arrival, you will need to arrange a meeting with an advisor in the IESC.
Please see the Tuition and Payment Deadlines section below.
Best wishes for your first semester at CSUN!
You and your family should take time to understand what your costs will be so you can make informed choices when preparing for this next step in your education. Please note that our international students pay basic tuition as well as nonresident tuition. All students pay additional mandatory campus fees.
The resources below will help you to estimate the cost of attending CSUN:
- CSUN Cost of Attendance
- CSUN Net Price Calculator
- Complete the Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF) (see “Items to Submit” above).
Although the university does not offer financial aid to international students, other resources can assist you with the cost of attendance. Please visit Scholarship Opportunities for International Students.
For the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and other fees, refer to the Student Financial Services website.
How to pay for your classes
To view tuition and other fees:
- Log in to the CSUN Portal.
- In the list of links below the Top Tools icons, select Make a Payment.
- On the Student Account Information page, review your Current Balance Outstanding.
- Select the CSUN Payment button.
Important payment information:
- The tuition payment deadline for international students is the first Friday of classes, every semester.
- If you would like to request an extension or have questions about payment, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Note: A late payment (after the first week of classes) is not allowed for international students in their final semester at CSUN.
Please be aware of the student disclosure regarding the Schedule of Tuition and Other Fees.